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The Charleston Butchery.

The Charleston Plaindealer's Account — Evidences of Conspiracy — The Premeditated Murder of Dr. York — Threats against Abolitionists, &c.

An Extra from the Charleston Plaindealer, under date of the 23d inst., the day after the murderous attack upon the Union soldiers in that place, gives an account of that affair differing somewhat from any we have seen elsewhere. We make the following extracts from it:

About four o'clock, a soldier Oliver Sallee, stepped up to Nelson Wells, who has been regarded as the leader of the Copperheads in this county, and placing his hand good-naturedly against him, playfully asked him if there were any Copperheads in town? Wells replied, "Yes, God d——n you; I am one!" and drawing his revolver shot at Sallee, but missed him. In an instant Sallee was shot from another direction, and fell, but raising himself up, he fired at Wells, the ball taking effect in his [unknown]ls. He (Wells) went as far as Chambers & McCrory's stood, and passing in, fell dead.

The Copperheads were gathered behind Judge Edwards' office, loading their firearms, and then would step out and fire from the corner at the soldiers indiscriminately, with guns and revolvers. Of course, having come fully prepared they had vastly the advantage over the soldiers, who were not expecting such an attack and were, for the most part, unarmed. Those who were armed would hardly know at whom to fire until they were fired upon. The Copperheads were seen to hurry to their wagons, hit hed at the Square and gather therefrom several guns, which were concealed under the straw. They were freely used and with terrible effect. Thomas Jefferson was the next to fall, receiving an ugly wound in the neck. Wm. Gilman was shot by B. F. Dukes, the ball striking a rib on the left side and glanced off. Dukes was then seen to fire at Colonel Mitchell, and afterwards declared that he had killed him. Colonel M. received several shots through his clothes; one hit his watch and then glanced off, producing only a slight flesh wound upon his abdomen. The watch thus, providentially, saved his life.

The Plaindealer's account of the murder of Dr. York shows that it was a most cowardly and brutal affair:

Dr. York, surgeon of the 54th Illinois, while passing through the Court House was approached by some one from behind, who took deliberate aim and shot him dead — the pistol being held so close to him that the powder burned his coat! So far, as we can learn, Dr. York was not actively engaged in the affray, save in his professional capacity as surgeon, and in trying to restore order.

A soldier, Alfred Swim, Company G, 54th Illinois, was shot, and taken to Drs. Allen and Van Meter's office, where he soon died. Mr. S. lived somewhere near Casey, in Clark county, where he leaves a wife and three children. He is spoken of by all as having been an excellent soldier and a good citizen. Wm. G. Hart, Deputy Provost Marshal, was shot in several places — in the head and in the vitals. His wounds are probably mortal. James Goodrich, Company C, 54th Illinois, received a [unknown]king wound, being shot in the bowels. His wound, we fear, will prove mortal.

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About five o'clock the reinforcements from Mattoon arrived, and while in the Court House yard, Mr. John Cooper, from Saulisbury, was captured, and brought in as a prisoner, by Mr. W. A. Noe, and a soldier. Mr. C. had taken an active part in the affray. When in front of Jenkins' store he attempted to escape, and when commanded to halt refused to do so, whereupon Mr. Noe fired over Mr. C.'s head, who, in return, fired at some of our men, when orders were given to fire upon him, which was done, and he fell dead at Jenkins' door. Unfortunately, one of the balls passed through the closed door, and struck Mr. John Jenkins in the groin — producing a serious, and probably, mortal wound. Mr. Cooper was shot through the neck and shoulder. When the Copperheads were halted near Mrs. Dickson's, he was heard to say that as they now had no leader, he was ready to lead them back and kill the d—d soldiers and burn the town, or die in the attempt; and a various places he was heard to threaten to cut out the hearts of the "d—d abolitionists," and use kindred expressions.

How many there were of the Copperheads, we do not know, nor can we estimate the number, save by the size of the squads that retreated in several directions. We think there may have been from 100 to 150, and all mounted. Who their leaders were, we do not know, precisely J. H. O'Hair, Sheriff of this county, was seen to fire three times at the soldiers. John Frazier, while sitting on his horse was seen to deliberately fire five times at them, and then leave. Others of less prominence were equally war-like. * * *

Of the gang were two men from Edgar county, on one of them was found an oath of allegiance taken by him at Paris, recently. He boasted that he was the man who shot Dr. York; that he came for that purpose.